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Truck weigh in just perfect! With some to spare.
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Willy-N    Posted 03-06-2004 at 18:16:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I scaled the Truck today empty. The front axle was 6,820 (2,180 to spare) rear axle was 9,140 (12,060 to spare) total weight is 15,960 lbs leaving 14,240 to spare for the 10,000 lbs of water so it is right on the button. The formulas work and the scale weight proved it. So it will be OK with a full Tank of water and still be only 25,960 lbs right at what I figured on paper. Mark H.

ron,ar    Posted 03-06-2004 at 18:48:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think ya ought to mount that M-60 on there, might keep the arsonists at bay.

Willy-N    Posted 03-06-2004 at 20:01:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
The Water Cannon on the Top with a strait stream at 250 gpm with 180 psi pushing it will set someone back on there butt if hit by it too! Mark H.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-06-2004 at 18:26:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
With all that wiegh, that's got to be one piece of thin paper!
Other than that. Sounds like a good job of engineering.
How does this type of fire fighting work down there? Haven't heard of this kind of activity in my part of MI.

Willy-N    Posted 03-06-2004 at 19:58:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
We live in a dry area that has a lot of fires. If we get one the 1 ton Brush Trucks (200-300 gal) respond to it. They are called fast atack trucks. Then when on the seen they size up the fire and call in the Water Tenders to refill the Brush Trucks with. We are aware of where we can get water but the trucks are full at all times. When a small truck needs filling they pull up next to the Tenders and we throw them a hose and in a couple of minuits they are on there way again. If the fire gets big they put ground tanks out and set up little pumps for hoses to refill and fight the fire with. Then we back up to them and open a big valve on the back and fill the ground tank and go for another load. They get several Tenders coming and going keeping them in water. We also can use our hoses, monitors and such to fight fire with to. Mainly we haul and do hose lays by sitting in one place just pumping water out the the fire fighters and another Tender will fill our truck up. I can also park near water and draft from a creek or lake and at the same time fill my tank and pump into hoses laid out on the ground. We also can wet roads to keep the dust down or spray along the sides of them to keep the fire from jumping the road. The monitor on the top (Water Cannon) can be used to wet down Helecopter pads for dust control with out driving where they land. There is a 18 inch square fill hole in the top which a copter can drop a load in my tank if needed. They don't do that very often due to being sorta un/safe. So the Tenders have lots of differnt jobs they can do on a fire. Mark H.

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